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Beaute Totale: Promise Delivered

Nina owner of Beaute Totale

 

Having spent many years moving countries and continents I always made sure to find a skin therapist and a hairdresser in my new country. In some strange way once the right ones are found you transition from no-man’s-land feeling you have on arrival to a new place to the feeling of belonging.

 

Last year when I moved to the Hague I have tried many places before I found Nina. After my first appointment I knew this is where I would stay. Not because she impressed me with all the fancy equipment and terminology she used. But because she genuinely exudes love for what she does. She literally lights up when she talks about her vision of total beauty on the inside and out.

 

Nina specialises in anti-age treatments of all sorts, is very thorough and does deliver results. Also she is great with permanent make up.

 

So if you are  new to The Hague and are looking for a proper skin therapist Nina will not disappoint.

 

Beaute Totale  is in Willem Witsenplein 7

 

The Hague, November 2011: Fashion Takes Over The City

Magazin de la mode, Passage No 40

 

Move over politics and diplomacy. It is fashion time in The Hague.

Political concerns, Greek crisis and the fate of the euro seemed far away as on the night of November 4th the city’s fashion finest got together to celebrate the start of The Hague fashion month at the epicentre of it all – Magazin de la mode, in the historic glass-roofed Passage.

The public in attendance swapped the usual formal and “proper” Hague attire for glamorous outfits befitting the occasion, some bordering on the outrageously colourful, or shockingly short, or sweepingly long. The male audience was less adventurous spotting black ties and tuxedoes accessorised by a smattering of facial hair in all shapes and forms. Facial hair for men is a persistent trend, I notice.

 

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Erwin Olaf: “Own” the Book Featuring Complete Work To Date

 

Own Cover, from the Series Portraits in Paradise

 

Erwin Olaf is one of the greatest Dutch photographers known for his mastery of light and overflowing imagination. His is photography as Art, or very close indeed.  It is really not surprising that this year Olaf was awarded the Vermeer prize, the highest  award of distinction to artists in the Netherlands.

Olaf’s claim to fame came with the series “Chessmen” in 1987 displaying Goya-esque imagination and another series “Squares” of  highly aesthetic erotic images. Provocative. Perfectly mis-en-scene.

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Christian Louboutin: 20 years “At Our Feet”

 

Christian Louboutin of the Kingdom of the Red Sole celebrates 20 years in business with a a beautiful art book published by Rizolli international with photographs by Philippe Garcia.

In the book we find great photography  that recreates the sensual world of Christian Louboutin  featuring his friends and fans including Mika, Rossy de Palma, Farida Khelfa and more…

Christian Louboutin talks openly about his carreer, his start at Folie Bergere, the time with Charles Jourdan and his love affair with Hollywood.

We learn that it is not the woman-princess that inspires him. It is the woman-survivor. Drop her in the middle of nowhere and she will make it through. For Louboutin the ultimate survivor is the woman that has the guts and courage of a man without forsaking her femininity ( read hair, make up, heels).

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